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Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Symphonic Orchestra Silver vs. Gold
« on: February 13, 2016, 01:18:23 pm »
I know I won't be answering your question directly, but if you think you're likely to be interested in the rest of EastWest's catalog too, an alternative might be to go with their subscription model for about $30 a month, . It has Symphonic Orchestra gold, and would allow you to access it without the upfront cost.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Antivirus
« on: February 10, 2016, 08:57:47 am »
To infect a mac with a virus you have to authorize it to be installed to your system. Stay away from dodgy software and you´ll be fine.

Staying away from dodgy software is a good start, but good computer hygiene is important. See for example the following article. Right now, there's a software vulnerability affecting a lot of applications (chief among them VLC), whereby something as innocuous as updating the app over an untrusted network (say, your local Starbucks) could end up with your computer being owned... just because the developers didn't know or care about delivering updates over HTTPS.


Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Antivirus
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:42:34 pm »
Part of what I do is being an IT security professional, and in my opinion: you shouldn't bother with antivirus.

It's not just that antivirus software has a tendency to be ineffective in the real world, it can also create whole other levels of bad (sometimes going as far as to lessen the security of your machine, by screwing with HTTPS connections for example).

You will be much better served making sure you:
1. use Chrome as your browser (stays up to date for you, and has good defaults tuned for your safety: it really is your first line of defense). Bonus points for adding uBlock origin and Ghostery as extensions, as ads on the Internet aren't just annoying, they sometimes serve malware, even on reputable sites.
2. keep GateKeeper enabled (the OSX security feature that enforce your applications be digitally signed) – You might have to "Cmd+click -> Open" some of the software you get (looking at you, fxpansion) because not all developers do the right thing when they distribute applications or software instruments, but they should be treated as a careful exception.
3. Invest in using a password manager so you never reuse the same password on any site (I strongly recommend 1Password for that job: ).
4. when you download software for music production or otherwise, don't do it on free WiFi from cafés, airports, etc. Some developers don't serve their software over HTTPS, which means if the wifi hotspot you're connected to is bad, it can replace what you're downloading with something that's going to make you have a bad day. As a matter of fact, you should never do anything important on the Internet when it's not on HTTPS (and yes, downloading anything enters the 'important' category).

If you really care to go the extra mile:
5. install this little gem: which will alert you anytime something potentially fishy tries to install itself on your machine
6. get the LittleSnitch app ( ) to serve as your firewall, so nothing talks to the Internet without your express permission.

Last but not least:
7. Don't connect crap to your computer (anything on your USB / Thunderbolt / or even display port that could be dodgy... avoid, including unknown USB sticks from friends)
8. Stop pirating software. Seriously. There is no knowing when great stuff from the pirate bay turns out to be bundled with something that's going to bite you in the ass. An extension of that: dodgy stuff downloaded from the Internet is an instant "nope". Software from makers your recognize only, and from the App Store. That's it.
9. Backups, backups, backups. Whether you use an Apple Time capsule or an external hard drive, time machine isn't optional if you care about anything you do or store on your machine.

If you do all of this, you'll most likely be better protected than 95% of the people around you. Even those using an antivirus ;)

WIPs / Re: Is this song worth finishing? Your thoughts?
« on: February 07, 2016, 10:23:00 pm »
I'll leave the technical critique aside as I'm only starting up as a producer, so a lot more people here can give you better feedback than I can on what / how you can improve specific parts of your work at this point.

Regarding your question though: "is this track worth finishing?" <- my take is that it's entirely up to you and how you feel about it. I don't think there is anyone here or anywhere else who can truly answer this kind of question for anyone but themselves.

Most often, I've asked myself that question when I felt a bit discouraged about my progress (not only in music, but in any creative work I have undertaken). Sometimes it was the appropriate choice to keep going on the very thing I was working on, while sometimes it was the absolute best thing to just call it quit and take my learnings from my experience into my next piece of work instead of improving the one at hand.

In the end, it boils down to this: Do you feel you're going to get better, learn more and keep the creative juices flowing if you keep on working on this track? Or do you feel that it's only going to drag you down past that point? Decide accordingly. Your energy is best spent in places where you most get to become better, keep your energy high and be your best self.

R&A Graveyard / Re: Bug with posting replies
« on: February 07, 2016, 05:54:24 pm »
I run with Javascript activated in my browsers and it's fine, so the problem is probably a bit deeper (and again, some extensions have an unknown tendency to mess with things, so you always need to be careful what you run with).

In any case, I'm happy you you found a solution. :)

R&A Graveyard / Re: Bug with posting replies
« on: February 07, 2016, 02:33:31 pm »
I followed your instructions precisely (OSX Safari + Chrome) and still can't reproduce the issue about the font size :( I'm starting to wonder if it could have something to do with a browser extension you're using?

Does it happen with Chrome in incognito mode? (incognito mode disables all browser extensions by default, so it's a good test platform).

One thing to know is we're also looking into migrating the forum software from SMF to MyBB, so if we can't get your problem fixed with the current forum platform, there's a good chance moving over will fix it (and hopefully not bring a slew of other problems to replace the first one, but if that happens, we'll definitely deal with them as they come).

R&A Graveyard / Re: Bug with posting replies
« on: February 07, 2016, 11:57:11 am »

I tried to reproduce your problem, but couldn't make it happen on my end. We changed the forum's hosting and a lot of server configuration in the past week, so it's possible it had a good impact on the issue. Please be sure to let us know and post a screenshot if it happens again though. :)

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